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21 College Street
Any City, State 12345                                      NOTE: The letter style is a simplified business letter format.
May 20, 2003                                               Use this style when names of contact people have not been
                                                           included in the advertisement. This style eliminates both the
Search Committee                                           salutation and the complimentary closing.
Department of English
University of Oregon
Campus Box 449
Eugene, Oregon 97403
                                                                                                    Get to your point at the
Please consider me as an applicant for the assistant professorship in Chinese Literature in         very beginning. Reveal
the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of X, that was announced in                your purpose and interest.
the March Job List of the Modern Language Association. Currently, I am a candidate for              Identify the position
                                                                                                    applied for and where you
a Ph.D. in Modern Chinese Literature at the University of Z. My dissertation, “The Role
                                                                                                    found the position opening.
of Strong Women in Song Dynasty Literature,” focuses on China’s literary use of women
to achieve political rebellion in urban China during the time period between 1800-1900.
Research for the dissertation was begun with Professor XYZ, during my year at Y
University as a R.B. Cann Literary Fellow. My dissertation advisor at Z University is
Professor K. Jos-Kerus.

I chose to include Chinese female authors as one area of my comprehensive exams                     Outline your strongest
because I am genuinely interested in the teaching of modern literature. My experiences,             qualifications that match
which are highlighted on the enclosed CV, include both teaching and research in this                the position requirements.
area. As a teaching assistant in the Chinese Program at University of Z, I was responsible          Provide evidence of your
for all aspects of a required freshman courses, including instruction and grading as well           related experiences and
as individual conferences and student advising. As a part of a federal grant administered           accomplishments. Make
by Professor XY and Z, my current responsibilities include compilation of an annotated              reference to your enclosed
bibliography and review of the literature pertaining to methods of teaching modern                  curriculum vita.
Chinese literature.

My complete dossier, including the three letters of recommendation requested in the
advertisement, is being forwarded to you from the Placement Center at Z University. If
there are additional application materials to be completed or if writing samples are                Take the lead in suggesting
desired, please contact me. If interested, writing samples, a dissertation abstract, and            an action plan. Request an
descriptions of courses taught and performance evaluations may be viewed on my web-                 interview and indicate that
based portfolio at www.doe/portfolio.htm.                                                           you will call during a
                                                                                                    specific time period to
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person and can                 discuss interview date
make arrangements for an interview at your convenience.                                             possibilities.

(Signature)
                                       Express appreciation to the reader for his
Jane Doe
                                       or her time and consideration.

(Enclosure)
                                             Sample Letter of Inquiry
954 11th Street
Any City, State 12345
May 15, 2003


W. Williams, Ph.D.
Chair, Search Committee                                                                      Indicate your interest at
History Department                                                                           the beginning and reveal
X College                                                                                    your sources of
P.O. Box 24567                                                                               information (name
City, State 54321                                                                            specific individuals, if
                                                                                             possible).

Dear Professor Williams:

The purpose of this letter is to inquire if vacancies are anticipated in the History
Department at X College for which I might be considered. My course work for the Ph.D.
has been completed at Y State University and I am currently in the final stages of my            Outline your strongest
dissertation.                                                                                    qualifications—focus on
                                                                                                 broader occupational
I am genuinely interested in the teaching of writing and I chose to include expository           and/or organizational
                                                                                                 dimensions. Make your
writing as one area of my comprehensive exams. My master’s program at Y University
                                                                                                 qualifications match the
and my doctoral studies have provided a broad and rich background in historical                  desired environment.
literature. I am qualified and interested in teaching survey courses in both European and
American history and upper-division courses in European history from World War I on.

As you will note from the enclosed CV, my teaching experience has concentrated on the
development of speaking and writing skills. As a teaching assistant in the history               Market yourself:
program at Y State University, I was responsible for all aspects of a required freshman          convince the employer
course, including instruction and grading as well as individual conferences and student          that you have the unique
advising. Last year I was selected to serve as a research assistant with Professors R.           characteristics and
                                                                                                 motivation to contribute
Jackson and K.L. King in the implementation of a federally funded grant to introduce a           to this particular
new undergraduate program in expository writing.                                                 organization.

As a graduate of Z College, I have particular interest in working with undergraduates in a
small liberal arts environment. If teaching openings are anticipated, I could easily
arrange to visit with you at the national conference or at a time and place convenient to
                                                                                               Take the lead in suggesting
you. A self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed if application materials are
                                                                                               an action plan. Request an
available. If interested, writing samples, a dissertation abstract, and descriptions of        interview and indicate that
courses taught may be viewed on my web-based portfolio at: www.doe/portfolio.htm.              you will call during a specific
My dossier and supporting documents will be sent upon request.                                 time period to discuss
                                                                                               interview date possibilities.
Sincerely yours,

(signature)
Jane Doe

Enclosures
                           Express thanks to the reader for his or
                           her time and consideration

				
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